Lights, camera and so much action it’s just an understatement to describe New York’s Fashion, which gloriously happens twice a year; once in September to dawn Spring & Summer fashion for the year and again in February to intro Fall fashion. It’s everything you think it would be and more: the clothes, the shoes, the runway shows, the models and all the excitement accompanying the thrill of a week celebrating fashion to the core. Hearing about New York Fashion Week is one thing but the experiential version to this iconic week in New York does not compare to the firsthand account.
New York, a city of fast-paced living and minute-to-minute, transforms as people from all over the globe attend the events of Fashion Week. Suddenly, the City of all Cities is that much more of a mecca for modernism and progression, but in a very fashionable form. New York City is and becomes a true catwalk in the most organic way. As a first-timer to Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week (not to New York), I was most excited to experience the energy of a week I cherish deep down in my little fashionista heart. The week began at the Lincoln Center, the hub of performing arts.
Accompanied by beautiful dresses from Style Lend (the popular SF based app where you can rent and rent out your own dresses similar to Rent the Runway), I made sure my looks were up-to-par for this glamours event.
I was blessed enough to attend some of fashion’s most noteworthy and prestigious shows exhibiting much range from venue, collection to overall theme. Fashion Week is a true feast for the eyes, to say the very least. New York Fashion Week has historically been held at the famous Bryant Park. Bryant Park symbolized the center of fashion being a communal outdoor space for fashion lovers and enthusiasts to gather. Most recently, Fashion Week changed up it’s venues to Lincoln Center and several other locations around New York’s artistic neighborhoods including locations such as Chelsea Pier, Milk Studios, and Gramercy Park to name a few.
Trekking around the boroughs of Manhattan to see the magic of the runway is was a journey in itself making it that much more exciting. My Fashion Week journey started at the hub – the Lincoln Center in New York City’s artistic neighborhood of Chelsea. As bloggers, photographers, and fashonistas skipped outside the doors of the Lincoln Center, it was evident Fashion Week sits thick in the New York air.
I, first attended, the Supima Design Competition held inside the Lincoln Center doors. Supima, a now-annual, design competition of the best of the best aspiring designers brought together 6 design students from all over the world to one runway. They illustrated their variation of contemporary design techniques using Supima fabrics adding their own flare and personality to each of their collections. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen to date, coupled with progressive runway music – the Supima show showed me there was nothing amateur about being an aspiring designer.
Switching gears to a high energy, and high fashion show featuring one of fashion’s most beautiful and energetic figures, Adriana Lima, the Desigual Spring/Summer 2015 Show rocked the house and has been quoted as one of the best of this season’s fashion week.
The stunning, Angel, Adriana Lima, opened the runway featuring a chunky, floral headband, bright & printed separates and a whole lot of leg – it felt we boarded a jet to a very tropical vacation! The theme of the show was fun, flirty, and very feel good as the leggy models, also including Naomi Campbell showed Desigual’s mixture of print, pattern, floral and color had no bounds. The runway was anything but a fiesta for the audience and sea of photographers going mad for their playful expressions and dance moves made this one of Fashion Week’s biggest parties.
At Fashion Week, a number of designers present their collection in a “presentation” format. Instead of models strutting the catwalk, observers walk and view the Collection as models remain stationary. The Trina Turk & Mr. Turk Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was just that; a fun, whimsical presentation where models were interactive and even taking “selfies!” The vibrant colors, contrasting prints, and overall casual collection showed off the very playful side of Trina Turk & Mr. Turk in a way in which observers felt a part of the production. Observers were invited to come play amongst the whimsy that was the Trina Turk & Mr. Turk presentation this year – a unique play on a typical runway show.
New York Fashion Week was everything it promised to be and more. An accurate representation of fashion coming to life from all walks of the world. I can’t wait to do it all over again.
Until next time, New York!
Written by Priya Sachdeva
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